About David J. Jepsen

Never bashful about pursuing a dream, I walked away from a 30-year career in journalism and corporate communications to fulfill a lifelong passion – history.  In 2003, I thanked my employer for a great career and entered the graduate program at the University of Washington.  My goal was to do what I’m doing now, writing and teaching history.

Today I’m getting great satisfaction teaching Pacific Northwest and U.S. history at Tacoma and South Puget Sound community colleges.  I hold a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s in communications from UW, and live in Gig Harbor, Washington.

~ David

The Writer

I am the lead author in a collection of essays titled Contested Boundaries: A New Pacific Northwest History (John Wiley and Sons, 2016).  It was the first new regional survey published in 30 years, and to date 16 colleges and universities in Washington are using it in their classrooms. 

The Filmmaker

I also ventured into the world of filmmaking.  Labor Wars of the Northwest, which I wrote and directed, was produced to coincide with the centennial commemoration of the Seattle General Strike. It debuted at the Museum of History and Industry in February 2019 to sold-out audiences.  It is currently showing in museums, libraries and schools statewide. It was an official selection of the respected Gig Harbor Film Festival, and was nominated for “Best Feature Film Made in Washington” in 2019.

The Consultant

I lend my knowledge of regional history consulting and writing for museums, including the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. I also sit as a trustee for the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, a great organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of workers everywhere.

David admiring the Seafarers exhibit at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, Washington.